debain version

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Tue Jan 30 05:21:31 UTC 2007

On Tue, 30 Jan 2007 12:38:54 +0800 "Michael T. Richter" 
<ttmrichter at> wrote:
>On Mon, 2007-29-01 at 18:24 -0500, Scott Kitterman wrote:
>> > That is not the friendliest response you could have given.
>> > The package he was interested in is part of the 'universe'
>> > repository.
>> Thank you for the feedback.  Now I remember why I rarely try to answer 
>> questions here anymore.
>Being friendly and helpful is hard work?
No.  Answering a question and then getting nitpicked for not having 
answered in the way that someone thought I should have is really annoying.

The OP asked which Debian binary should I install.  I answered it's better 
to build from source because binary compatibility is not guaranteed.  IMO a 
perfectly reasonable response to the question asked.

Someone else complains I didn't look to see if it was packaged for Ubuntu.

Fundamentally it was a complaint that I didn't do enough free work for his 
tastes (that's what wasn't nice).  whining about work I do for free makes 
me inclined to do less of it, not more.

If you want a thoroughly researched response that includes not only the 
answer to the question you asked, but also to the questions you should have 
asked, then hire me as a consultant.

Scott K

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